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Tu Bishvat in Jerusalem 2020

Tu Bishvat 2020 events in Jerusalem will be updated as they become available. Meanwhile, you can check out last year’s events.

  • Photo: Judith Marcus

Tu Bishvat is the Jewish new year for the trees. As one of the only two countries in the world that entered the 21st century with a net gain in its number of trees, Israel has much to celebrate, especially considering that the Land of Israel does not have natural forests, which means that all its forests are hand-planted.

In 2019 Tu Bishvat falls on February 9-10, but there are numerous Tu Bishvat-themed events in the weeks leading up to the holiday. Take this opportunity to breathe in the beautiful, fresh wintry air of Jerusalem, see the almond trees in full blossom and make your green mark by planting a tree in the Land of Israel. Note that outdoor activities are subject to change due to weather condition, so make sure you check in advance. 

Tu Bishvat 2019 Events in & around Jerusalem

Tu’ Beshvat on Mount Herzl

Photo: Courtesy of Herzl Museum PR

Celebrate Tu Bishvat with unique tours at Herzl Museum and learn about vision, vegetation, and commemoration.

When: Sunday-Monday – January 20-21, 2019

Schedule:

1:15 PM – Visit Herzl Museum

2:15 PM – 3:45 PM – Mount Herzl Tour

Special Offer Tickets: 40 NIS – Tickets include a museum visit and a tour on Mount Herzl.

Tickets for students and senior citizens: 30 NIS

In case of rain, the museum tours will continue as normal. Entrance on Tu Bishvat upon advance registration only! 

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Tu Bishvat Ceremony in Tower of David Museum

Design by Roni Levin – Ira Ginzburg Studio

Tower of David Museum is hosting an insightful night inspired by ancient traditions. Everyone is welcome for a special gathering that is all about internal renewal. This unique ceremony will focus on perception, movement, music, dancing, and good Israeli wine. Led by the talented Naama Shaked (teaching), Meir Aviner (movement), and Orka Tefler (music), guests will look into different Hebrew texts, holy poems, and experience a movement practice inspired by the Sufis (Islamic mysticism) and ancient tribes.

Where: Tower of David, Jaffa Gate, Jerusalem
When: January 20, 2019, 8:00 PM
Cost: 40 NIS
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Tu Bishvat at Bloomfield Science Museum: What do Plants do at Night?

Tu Bishvat at the Science Museum. Photo: Avi Hayun. Courtesy of Bloomfield Science Museum

Join a special green program at the Bloomfield Science Museum this Tu Bishvat!

  • Pita-breat demonstration – an interactive scientific demonstration where you will learn how to electrify a cucumber, understand why there is a hole in the pita-bread, charge a surprising energy source, and make hummus-mousse.
  • ‘Shtil-Ptil’ – build a unique ecological tree by applying some physics mechanisms. Participants get gifts, too!
  • What do the Plants do at Night? – Join a gathering and a tour that talks about the significance of light as a source of life. The gathering will take place at the “Fields of Tomorrow” exhibition. Visitors will understand the significance of sunlight for photosynthesis and the existence of plants and experience with carbon dioxide, which plays a major role in the process.

More activities:

  • FireWall – an interactive experimentation area on top of a large mural with hidden animals. Discover the hidden animals using different heating accessories!
  • Stone Ball – How does the 6- ton stone ball at the entrance to the museum spin on water flow? Discover the answer at 5:50 PM!

Where: Museum Row, Givat Ram Campus, Jerusalem
When:  January 21, 2019, 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM

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The Secret of the Missing Gardens – Tu Bishvat at Yad Izhak Ben Zvi

Photo: Or-el Zarchi

Join Yad Ben Zvi Institute for a true environmental winter convention by Israel Album organization!

Gardens and Nationality – Parks and Ornamentation in Cities & the Kibbutz, and Accumulating Preservation Values | Talk by Dr. Nirit Shalev-Kalifa

‘The Spanish Garden’ – The Beginning of “New Jerusalem” and the Stories of Sephardic Families from the Old City, Nachlaot, and Rechavia neighborhoods | Talk by Dr. Lavi Shai

Gardens in the Private Photo Album: Stories and Photos, Myths and Memories | By Israel Album Speakers

Exhibitions throughout the day:

The Secret of the Missing Gardens – Back Yards & Gardens in Israel Family Photo Albums

Ohel Moshe Neighborhood – between the water wale and Gan HaTut

Family Documentation – The Samech-Tetim in New Jerusalem

Where: Jewish Quarter, Jerusalem
When: Thursday, February 1, 2018, 5:00-7:00 pm
Cost: 50 ILS

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Hallelujah – City of David Night Show

Enjoy a fascinating night with the unique outdoor night show – “Hallelujah”. Experience an hour and half of a sensational spectacular using the cutting-edge technology of Video Mapping and learn about the 2000-year-old history of Jerusalem in a completely magical way!

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Where: City of David, Jerusalem

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A Biblical Tu Bishvat w/ Live The Bible

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Photo: Courtesy of Live The Bible

Interested in a unique family portrait? Look no further! Live the Bible is a photography attraction that will dress you up in biblical costumes and make sure this Tu Bishvat is unforgettable!

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A Family Tu Bishvat Celebration at Kiftzuba

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Photo: Courtesy of Kiftzuba

Kiftzuba amusement park welcomes all children and parents to a fun Tu Bishvat day with a variety of activities for all ages!

Where: Tzuba, Jerusalem Hills, Israel
When: January 19, 2019, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

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Nature Activities at The First Station

The First Station invites all nature lovers, children and adults, for 2 days of nature experiences!

  • Local food and wine stands
  • Tu Bishvat seder
  • Sing-along night
  • Talks and lectures about nature products
  • Olive oil workshop
  • And so much more!

Where: The First Station, 4 David Remez St, Jerusalem
When: January 20-21, 2019
Cost: Free

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Romantic Spa Day

Photo: Alex Yamplosky

Looking for some romantic relaxation time? Take advantage of Spa Barak’s special offer for Tu Bishvat! You will find a variety of spa treatment rooms, a hot tub, dry sauna, steam sauna, and an exclusive lounge where you can sit, relax, and recharge your energies. Book a private single or couples treatment and enjoy an unforgettable experience!

Couples treatment + wine bottle + chocolates (personal – 60 min): only 480 NIS! 

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Happy Birthday Dear Trees! – Garden Party

Tu Bishvat at The Botanical Gardens. Photo: Yehudit Marcus – courtesy of Marom Communications

Visit the city’s Botanical Gardens and wish a happy birthday to our beautiful trees in a fun garden party.

What to expect?

  • Fun outdoor activities
  • Flower planting
  • Creative workshops from nature materials
  • Massive coloring pages on the grass

Where: The Jerusalem Botanical Gardens
When: January 19, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Cost: Activities are included in admission fee – 35 NIS; Senior citizens/Soldiers/Students – 25 NIS; Yerushalmi card holders – 28 NIS.
For more details: Tel. 02-6794012

Experience the Best Kept Secret in The Land of Israel!

Join Ari Abramowitz & Jeremy Gimpel for a tour of the
Arugot Farm & Retreat Center.
  • Encounter the Tenach
  • Walk through Jewish History
  • Experience a Taste of Jewish Destiny
  • Behold Breathtaking Views Hidden for Thousands of Years
When: Monday 21st January 2019 – 12:00 Bus leaves the Inbal Hotel in Jerusalem
(30 minute bus ride from Jerusalem to Gush Etzion. Bus leaves the Arugot Farm at 16:30 to return to the Inbal Hotel)
Cost: 50nis for transportation
To sign up or for more information email: tours@thelandofisrael.com

Tree Planting at the Arugot Farm!

A fun morning for the whole family!
When: Friday 25th January – 10:30am
Cost: 50nis per tree
Sign up with Just One Chesed
For more information Email: Tabitha@thelandofisrael.com

Where to Stay in Jerusalem

Visiting Jerusalem during the holiday? Check out the city’s accommodation options:

Restaurants in Jerusalem

Hungry after your day in nature? Jerusalem is filled with great restaurants to help you deal with your post-hiking appetite.